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Iím an Army veteran, and my benefits are too generous (You knew they'd get to this)
The Washington Post ^ | June 6, 2014 | Tom Slear

Posted on 06/08/2014 6:29:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Tom Slear, who retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in 2001, is a freelance writer in Annapolis.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned to a receptionist in a physical therapist’s office that I was covered by Tricare, the military’s health-care program for service members, retirees and their families. (It has nothing to do with the troubled Veterans Affairs hospital system.)

“Good deal,” I said.

“You deserve it,” she responded.

Really? If she only knew.

Though I spent more than five years on active duty during the 1970s as an Army infantry officer and an additional 23 years in the Reserves, I never fired a weapon other than in training, and I spent no time in a combat zone. I returned to active duty for five months in 1991 during the Persian Gulf War, but I was assigned to the Pentagon. My hazardous duty consisted of a daily drive on New York Avenue before its upgrade.

I am hardly unique. Despite the extended operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly half of the 4.5 million active-duty service members and reservists over the past decade were never deployed overseas. Among those who were, many never experienced combat....

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: military; pentagon; tricare; veterans
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1 posted on 06/08/2014 6:29:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nobody is forcing her to accept those benefits or use the VA, are they?


2 posted on 06/08/2014 6:31:37 PM PDT by digger48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The media has launch a full scale attack against our military.

LA Times Columnist suggests Tahmooressi was gearing up for mass murder

http://twitchy.com/2014/06/08/la-times-columnist-suggests-tahmooressi-was-gearing-up-for-mass-murder/?utm_source=autotweet&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=twitter


3 posted on 06/08/2014 6:31:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: digger48

oops...”he”


4 posted on 06/08/2014 6:32:53 PM PDT by digger48
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To: cripplecreek

3 guns and 400 rounds.

Ain’t even a good day at the range


5 posted on 06/08/2014 6:35:11 PM PDT by digger48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tom, make your personal guilt trip reparations check out to: Department of the US Treasury. Make sure you calculate every single dime of retirement and associated military benefits into that payback, so you can live with a clear conscience.


6 posted on 06/08/2014 6:36:02 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There is always one slacker in any group.


7 posted on 06/08/2014 6:37:32 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My history is similar...active duty 80-84, reserves 84-00, active duty again 00-03, retired from the reserves in 04; I’m not yet eligible for retired pay. I will receive a generous amount of retired pay plus other bennies that I worked for. No, I didn’t deploy to either Iraq of Afghanistan but I was on a short list to go shortly after 9/11. Luck of the draw.

I don’t begrudge he author for saying that his bennies (and by extension mine) are too generous but I’d respectfully disagree. If you want a military that people will want to join, you have to provide competitive pay and bennies in wartime and in peacetime. Yes, people do need to understand the risks inherent in military service but they should be appropriately compensated.


8 posted on 06/08/2014 6:37:41 PM PDT by 22202NOVA (<Insert pithy, sardonic comment here.>)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Try it on a Chief’s retirement.

Friggen LtCol. Give me a break.


9 posted on 06/08/2014 6:37:49 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Its my freedom. YES. I will be keeping it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"They also serve who only stand and wait."



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

10 posted on 06/08/2014 6:37:53 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When I got “out” after my active USMC service in 1968, the last thing I ever considered was to use anything - anything - involving the military, which of course included VA hospitals or medical.


11 posted on 06/08/2014 6:38:35 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign. ###)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If he wasn’t a hypocrite he would have resigned rather than retired and there would have been no issue for him to feel guilt ridden about.


12 posted on 06/08/2014 6:40:05 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (If you lined up the best and brightest of this administration, you'd just have a string of dim bulbs)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is almost as heartbreaking as those pleas from Warren Buffett for the federal government to raise his tax rates.


13 posted on 06/08/2014 6:40:16 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas' Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: Delta 21

I hear you, brother. Thanks for your time which I hope was well spent.


14 posted on 06/08/2014 6:40:35 PM PDT by 22202NOVA (<Insert pithy, sardonic comment here.>)
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To: Delta 21
http://www.navycs.com/charts/1968-military-pay-chart.html

'68 is the year I got out as a Marine Corporal E-4....we sure as sh*t weren't in it for the gold....

15 posted on 06/08/2014 6:41:22 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign. ###)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Excellent point. He could have done that, or just not processed the application for retired pay.


16 posted on 06/08/2014 6:41:50 PM PDT by 22202NOVA (<Insert pithy, sardonic comment here.>)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hang yourself, brave Tom. We fought at Arques today, and you were not there.

A journalist . Wow. What a surprise. Another yapping Chihuahua for the Democrat party. He’s trained to yap whenever his masters tell him to.

Yap, little dog, yap! Your masters are ordering you.

If he had any honor, he’d give back his journalist checks, too.


17 posted on 06/08/2014 6:43:47 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Our elected representatives will have to summon the courage to confront the costs of benefits and entitlements and make hard choices.

Let's take an axe to welfare, food stamps, Section 8, the multitude of bogus SSDI claims, etc. and then we can talk about cuts to the benefits that service members like myself actually worked for.

18 posted on 06/08/2014 6:44:59 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You are phony and a shill for what the administration is going to do next.


19 posted on 06/08/2014 6:49:14 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Those Democrat make-believe pig farmers.......did they earn their money? Did he yap at them?


20 posted on 06/08/2014 6:50:06 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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